Galway Races

Secure Your Galway Races Getaway at Salthill Hotel

The Galway Races 2024 Summer Festival is one of the world’s most renowned racing events, taking place from Monday, July 29th to Sunday, August 4th, 2024. Held at Ballybrit Racecourse, this seven-day event attracts thousands of spectators from around the globe, offering thrilling races, stylish fashion, and unforgettable entertainment.

Exclusive Galway Races Offers

Enhance your Galway Races experience with Salthill Hotel’s exclusive offers:

  • Luxurious Accommodation
  • Full Irish Breakfast
  • Ocean Fitness Leisure Centre Access
  • Complimentary On-Site Parking
  • Scenic Strolls along the Salthill Promenade

Free cancellations available up to 14 days before arrival. Book now to secure your stay



The elegant Prom Restaurant offers classic evening dining with fantastic cuisine. It’s the ideal place to grab a lovely lunch, enjoy a drink, or catch up with friends.

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Blackrock Bar boasts fantastic Galway Bay views, a variety of seating arrangements, a selection of the best wines, spirits, and beverages, speciality teas and coffees, and of course a very warm Galway welcome!

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Galway Races 2024 Schedule

Monday, July 29th, 2024

  • Connacht Hotel (Q.R.) Handicap
  • First Race: 17:10 | Last Race: 20:20 | Gates Open: 14:30

Tuesday, July 30th, 2024

  • Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap
  • First Race: 17:10 | Last Race: 20:20 | Gates Open: 14:30

Wednesday, July 31st, 2024

  • Galway Plate
  • First Race: 17:10 | Last Race: 20:20 | Gates Open: 14:30

Thursday, August 1st, 2024

  • Ladies Day – Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap
  • First Race: 14:10 | Last Race: 18:10 | Gates Open: 11:15

Friday, August 2nd, 2024

  • Friday’s Fair Lady – Guinness Handicap
  • First Race: 17:00 | Last Race: 20:40 | Gates Open: 14:15

Saturday, August 3rd, 2024

  • Galway Shopping Centre Handicap Hurdle
  • First Race: 14:00 | Last Race: 17:55 | Gates Open: 11:30

Sunday, August 4th, 2024

  • Family Day & Mad Hatters Day – Irish Stallion Farms EBF “Ahonoora” Handicap
  • First Race: 14:00 | Last Race: 17:40 | Gates Open: 11:30


Race, Rest, Repeat

Skip the race-day scramble for parking and rest easy at Salthill Hotel, just a scenic 20-minutes from the thundering hooves of Ballybrit. Our luxurious rooms offer the perfect stay after a day at the races, so you can recharge and wake up refreshed for another thrilling day.

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Is there a dress code at the Galway Races?

There is no official dress code at Irish racecourses, but smart casual is usually a safe bet. With Irish weather, it is advisable to check the weather when planning your outfit for racing.


What time should I arrive?

It is advisable to arrive at least one hour before the advertised time of the first race. Turnstiles open approximately two hours before the first race of each day.


When is Ladies Day?

Ladies day is Thursday of the Summer Festival.


What facilities are there at Galway Race Course for eating and drinking?

Food and beverage facilities are available around the racecourse.


Where can I find accommodation?

Please visit our Offers page to view the Exclusive Packages available for the Galway Races.